Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller has completed his roster for the 2013-14 season with the signing of MiKyle McIntosh. (Photo by B Corbin/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
NORMAL - Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller announced Thursday the signing of MiKyle McIntosh, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward who will be reunited with current Redbird Kaza Keane.
Muller said on WJBC he's excited to see what McIntosh can do, but he's tamping down expecations for this incoming freshman who was recruited by a number of major programs, including UCLA.
"He'll be just a freshman next year. Until we get him on the court, who knows how he'll react to everything, but we like all the guys we've signed and can't wait to get them on the court together," Muller said.
Muller said McIntosh is raw, but full of potential.
"He has size and athleticism you can't teach and that's exciting and we think he has a great upside. He has to get himself ready for the college game," Muller said.
Muller said McIntosh lost interest in UCLA after coach Ben Howland was fired.
"MiKyle's a big relationship guy. He's just a kid who wanted to think about everything for a long time and he wanted to make sure he made the right decision," Muller said.
McIntosh, a Pickering, Ontario native, averaged 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the 22ft Academy, which he played for while attending Breathitt County High School in Jackson, Ky. McIntosh shot 46 percent from the field and 78 percent at the free throw line.
Prior to his senior season, McIntosh was teammates with Redbird sophomore point guard Kaza Keane at Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C. The tandem helped lead the Under 17 Ontario boy’s basketball team to the national championship.
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